Into the Night

Rated 3.93/5 based on 17 reviews
Logan has found the perfect job, but any job will do, because he needs one desperately. Told he will be helping to display a unique collection, it isn’t until Logan gets the job that he finds out exactly what he has signed up for. The unique collection is actually a group of supernatural creatures. And to display them, he will have to fight them in an arena for the entertainment of the rich. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781476073750
About Jade Fowler

Jade Fowler has always had a passion for both writing and reading. At the age of ten, she wrote her first horror story and has been writing ever since. She buys way too many books, watches way too much TV, and loves her dog, Nessie. Into the Night is her debut novel.

Reviews

Review by: Brenda Ayala on May 03, 2013 :
Into the Night was way better than I expected it to be. I'm a bit apprehensive reading books about so many supernatural beings because in the past I haven't seen it done very well. There's often no solid story, or the characters don't actually have any characteristics.

In this case, there was a bit of the author telling me what was happening rather than showing me. And maybe I missed it, but I don't actually remember getting a description of many of the characters, including Logan. Even Gerard I only remember his eyes being described and later on his accent. It doesn't bother me too much because I just constructed what they looked like in my head, but for those who want to know exactly how the characters are supposed to look might get ticked off.

One other thing that bothered me too is that when Logan first witnesses the fights, the first description of each person is how he couldn't really see what was different about them, yet he still believes they're supernatural. Like the zombie, yet after being so doubtful about everything once he steps in the arena and someone tells him that the regular looking person is a zombie then he's a believer.

Those (actually quite small) issues aside, I really enjoyed Into the Night. I thought every single character was portrayed excellently; they had specific characteristics and they stuck to them. I hate it when books will change a person's traits just to fit the situation (cough cough Mockingjay) so I was super ridiculously excited about everyone staying true to what and who they were here.

I had strong opinions about basically all the characters, which means I cared. I thought Zane was depressing. Not because he himself is depressing, but because his whole love for Penny and how that manifests itself and why Penny rebuffs his advances. It was sad, and while I thought he was a bit creepy at times with how he interacted with her the basic reason for it was sweet. Penny irritated me beyond belief with all her secrets, but I actually really liked her quite a bit. I'm just no good at keeping secrets that could potentially kill someone. Gena was sweet but misguided, and again I really liked her. She tried so hard to do the right thing and help everyone, even if she didn't know she was going about it the wrong way. Plus I give her a lot of credit with how she dealt with the information Penny gave her later on in the novel. AJ was too spiteful, but I understand why. She went her entire life never trusting anyone, and then the moment she does something bad happens. It makes sense, and I can't say that I blame her, but for the sake of survival I wish she'd at least let it lay to rest. But the thing is, I still really liked all the characters. Even Gerard and Jackson are well done. I hated them, absolutely hated them. Gerard for what he has done and Jackson for what I know we will find out he's done later on. I know there's something there, and I have a theory, but I'll keep it to myself in case I spoil it for anyone (or myself).

As far as the plot goes, I was satisfied. I actually figured that the entire first book would just be an emphasis on life in general at the estate. I thought we would see Logan's first fight, and that he would end up in the infirmary, and only see him just barely beginning to be unhappy there. Instead, Into the Night just jumped way ahead of me (which I'm extremely okay with, I liked it way better than what I was expecting!) and made it way more awesome than I expected. And while the first portion of the book is mostly talking and descriptions, the second half is quite a bit of action, and I appreciate that. I've seen my share of movies and read my fair share of books with gore, so I like a little action and blood in my stories.

I even got emotional. Which is huge. I haven't gotten emotional over a book in so long. The way Logan's past was done was excellent. While I knew something obviously tragic happened, it wasn't until the story progressed that I found out why. Most notably with his reaction to Penny, of course. But when he finally reveals it to everyone, I definitely got emotional. That whole little scene where everyone reveals their past was magnificent. I loved it. Especially his parents.

I give this 4 stars instead of 5 only because I'm so mad about the cliffhanger! I got sucked into the story and even got all teary eyed at one point (which hasn't happened in a while) and then it just ends and I'm so not a patient person and I want to see what happens and I'm mad at the author for making such an excellent cliffhanger. Veiled compliment I suppose, because I wasn't ready for the book to end and now I am dying to read the second! I'm going to keep an eye out for the second one, and I am very anxious to find out what happens..... I hate waiting.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: tanya wilson on April 14, 2013 :
his review is for Into the Dark Vol 1-4.

I received this as an ebook from the Author for Read 4 Review.

The story is about Emily Baxter who from age 13 has suffered from seizures and during these seizures she enters a parallel universe where Misery-makers are hunting her. When Emily starts at Oxford things change, truths are revealed.

I liked the concept of the story but I found some things to be confusing and others not to make sense.
I'm not sure why the book was split into 4 separate volumes?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: tanya wilson on April 14, 2013 : (no rating)
his review is for Into the Dark Vol 1-4.

I received this as an ebook from the Author for Read 4 Review.

The story is about Emily Baxter who from age 13 has suffered from seizures and during these seizures she enters a parallel universe where Misery-makers are hunting her. When Emily starts at Oxford things change, truths are revealed.

I liked the concept of the story but I found some things to be confusing and others not to make sense.
I'm not sure why the book was split into 4 separate volumes?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amanda Drummond on April 13, 2013 :
WOW
this is one of the most amazing and most wonderfully original debuts i have read in ages. i admit i found the beginning a tad slow and i would giggle quietly to myself at every mention of smell because no other book i have read describes smell quite as much as this one But it did not take long before i was anxiously turning the pages to discover what happens next. This story is a story of modern day gladiators and of course killing wild animals is boring so instead they go up against some of the scariest paranormal creatures ever to haunt nightmares. highly recommended for lovers of The hunger games and paranormal fiction (duh). The characters were deep with even the minor characters having their quirks and back-stories while the main characters had secrets so deep they managed to keep them from each other and me as the reader, the story would often take turns so unexpected that i tripped in my haste to follow them but i was always pleasantly surprised as to where they led. While Logan's stupidity at taking the job in the first place surprises me it is Almost believable given his circumstances. the ending was cruel even if deep inside me i did expect it... although mixed with this cruelty there was one kindness there is a sequel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rose Wallin on April 12, 2013 :
I LOVE this book! I received this as part of a Read 4 Review opportunity, and I'm so glad I did, because I probably wouldn't have come across it otherwise.

I love the story in this book, it's so original and new. It's all very realistic, and very refreshing. I love all these characters, and the surprises and twists throughout the book kept me on my toes (so to speak) all the way til the end, and I adore the last few lines!! They certainly left me wanting to read so much more about this story, and see what happens with everyone.

I'd certainly recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA or paranormal stories.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tam O'D on April 10, 2013 :
Enveloped by financial desperation, twenty year old Logan agrees to take a job he knows little about. And that’s when his world is turned upside down.
Scary day dreams. Undisclosed family tragedy. A mysterious new job opportunity. There is a lot going on to intrigue the reader into entering the alluring world of recently unemployed Logan.
THE PLOT
Although stretching believability a tad, I found the story refreshing. At a time where YA novels are churning out generic replicas of the same idea, I thought that Fowler was exploring new ground. For a while there, I wondered if it was going to look like Hunger Games with vampires and zombies and fairies and ghosts and witches (ticking all the boxes on the list) but it was a bit more than that.
I enjoyed the way Fowler re-evaluated folklore, combining traditional notions of mythology and offering her own contemporary interpretations.
At times I thought the narrative dragged and I got bored, at others, I found it gripping as I eagerly read on. The cliff hanger was utterly unanticipated and cleverly done.
CHARACTERS
I didn’t love Logan. I didn’t hate him or anything, but he didn’t resonate with me; as a hero I couldn’t connect with him, couldn’t attach any kind of emotional concern.
Penny worked for me a bit more. She reads as sweet and one of the more believable characters, even though she wields an unbelievable gift.
I didn't get as much as I would have liked out of the supporting characters. An attempt was made at explaining AJ, and that worked to a point, but I hope the characters become more rounded in the next book. The evil Jackson struck me as interesting and I'd like to see his return and establish the dynamics between him and Penny more concretely.
ROMANCE
I actually found Penny and Zane curiously sweet. I wanted them to work out.
The Mason and Pepper pairing, not so much. Although Penny and Zane followed the premise of 'love at first sight' as well, there seemed to be no substance behind Mason's infatuation whatsoever. Even he seems clueless, recognising that her 'hotness' is a superficial basis for the true love he feels for the vampire. Again, maybe this will be examined a bit in books to come.
THE WRITING
Jade Fowler uses some stylistic choices in her wording that are just poignant and a pleasure to read, but for the most part, I think this novel would have really been enhanced by another edit. Sometimes the language reads as clunky awkward text that doesn’t hit the mark. Sometimes she gets it just right. The narrative pace runs comparatively smoothly after the slow and stagnant introductory pages, but there is still so much detail that doesn’t need to be there, and really does this potentially great novel a disservice for being there.

Jade Fowler's Into the Night is flawed and likeable. I'm looking forward to seeing what the author comes up with next in this supernatural series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tam O'D on April 10, 2013 :
Enveloped by financial desperation, twenty year old Logan agrees to take a job he knows little about. And that’s when his world is turned upside down.
Scary day dreams. Undisclosed family tragedy. A mysterious new job opportunity. There is a lot going on to intrigue the reader into entering the alluring world of recently unemployed Logan.
THE PLOT
Although stretching believability a tad, I found the story refreshing. At a time where YA novels are churning out generic replicas of the same idea, I thought that Fowler was exploring new ground. For a while there, I wondered if it was going to look like Hunger Games with vampires and zombies and fairies and ghosts and witches (ticking all the boxes on the list) but it was a bit more than that.
I enjoyed the way Fowler re-evaluated folklore, combining traditional notions of mythology and offering her own contemporary interpretations.
At times I thought the narrative dragged and I got bored, at others, I found it gripping as I eagerly read on. The cliff hanger was utterly unanticipated and cleverly done.
CHARACTERS
I didn’t love Logan. I didn’t hate him or anything, but he didn’t resonate with me; as a hero I couldn’t connect with him, couldn’t attach any kind of emotional concern.
Penny worked for me a bit more. She reads as sweet and one of the more believable characters, even though she wields an unbelievable gift.
I didn't get as much as I would have liked out of the supporting characters. An attempt was made at explaining AJ, and that worked to a point, but I hope the characters become more rounded in the next book. The evil Jackson struck me as interesting and I'd like to see his return and establish the dynamics between him and Penny more concretely.
ROMANCE
I actually found Penny and Zane curiously sweet. I wanted them to work out.
The Mason and Pepper pairing, not so much. Although Penny and Zane followed the premise of 'love at first sight' as well, there seemed to be no substance behind Mason's infatuation whatsoever. Even he seems clueless, recognising that her 'hotness' is a superficial basis for the true love he feels for the vampire. Again, maybe this will be examined a bit in books to come.
THE WRITING
Jade Fowler uses some stylistic choices in her wording that are just poignant and a pleasure to read, but for the most part, I think this novel would have really been enhanced by another edit. Sometimes the language reads as clunky awkward text that doesn’t hit the mark. Sometimes she gets it just right. The narrative pace runs comparatively smoothly after the slow and stagnant introductory pages, but there is still so much detail that doesn’t need to be there, and really does this potentially great novel a disservice for being there.

Jade Fowler's Into the Night is flawed and likeable. I'm looking forward to seeing what the author comes up with next in this supernatural series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: J.L. Jackson on April 05, 2013 :
This book took me by surprise! I was expecting expecting a fun, lighthearted supernatural book for a quick one time read. What I got was so much more...

This book is mainly written from our the point of view of Logan, a young man who is disconnected from his parents due to an incident. He loses his job and comes across a unique offer. Leave the life he knows behind and move to an estate where he receives room and board in returning for training and being willing to fight supernatural creatures once a week. The catch, he cannot have contact with the outside world nor tell anyone where is is going, who he works for, etc. Having little to lose, Logan accepts but goes in expecting a joke.

No joke. He meets a vampire, werewolf, zombie, fairy, leprechaun, etc. He befriends two other recruits, Mack and AJ, who tel him some disturbing news. Once you are there, you can never leave. The guards will stop you with the aide of a witch and psychic. Indeed there is a witch, Gena, and psychic, Penny. the daughters of his boss Gerard. But is the leaving part true?

This book also takes in from Penny's perspective as she and Logan become friends. Logan is learning whom to trust and whom not to, dealing with his desire for the local vampire. Penny, too has her own issues with her family and a certain werewolf who has claimed her as his but is unsure of her feelings toward him.


My only complaints with the book is the physical description seemed lacking. In how characters looked, the layout of the estate, etc. I wanted to understand things better. Like how figts wre determined. A month after Logan is there Mack is in his first fight? How many recruits are there so that you can go so long and not fight? Also. even when reading from Penny's point of view there are major things happening that apparently never cross her mind. I realize the author was trying to keep things a secret for out enjoyment but some of what she knows should have seeped through just a little more I would have though. And yet its a good thing as I said it keeps us in the dark so we can later be surprised.

This book had a bit of the romantic air to it but was not the main theme for the story. This was a very refreshing change. However, throughout all the supernatural plot this book does focus a lot on the human heart and what we feel for others. This I loved. I loved the conflicting emotions each character went through. Very well described and realistic. I almost cried at one point in the book. And had sneaky emotions that kept trying to guide my thoughts as I read. Especially the second half of the book.

Almost every character seems to have some kind of secret. Some are answered in this book, some I must wait on the next book, for which I am highly impatient on. Especially the character Jackson, Gena's brother. Something is definitely up with that guy. Things are not as they seem in this book and there are twists and turns which I love to see unfold. Every character has a story that we get to learn about. And since each character is so well created (excluded physical looks) each backround was great to read.

Normally I would say 4 1/2 stars is the rating but since that is not an option, 5 it is! I highly anticipate the next book in the series and I hope author delved even deeper into her characters.

Thank you to the author,Jade Fowler, for offering the chance to read this book. She offered copies of it as a gift to a group I belong to. So I thank her for the chance to read and review this fantastic story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: J.L. Jackson on April 05, 2013 : (no rating)
This book took me by surprise! I was expecting expecting a fun, lighthearted supernatural book for a quick one time read. What I got was so much more...

This book is mainly written from our the point of view of Logan, a young man who is disconnected from his parents due to an incident. He loses his job and comes across a unique offer. Leave the life he knows behind and move to an estate where he receives room and board in returning for training and being willing to fight supernatural creatures once a week. The catch, he cannot have contact with the outside world nor tell anyone where is is going, who he works for, etc. Having little to lose, Logan accepts but goes in expecting a joke.

No joke. He meets a vampire, werewolf, zombie, fairy, leprechaun, etc. He befriends two other recruits, Mack and AJ, who tel him some disturbing news. Once you are there, you can never leave. The guards will stop you with the aide of a witch and psychic. Indeed there is a witch, Gena, and psychic, Penny. the daughters of his boss Gerard. But is the leaving part true?

This book also takes in from Penny's perspective as she and Logan become friends. Logan is learning whom to trust and whom not to, dealing with his desire for the local vampire. Penny, too has her own issues with her family and a certain werewolf who has claimed her as his but is unsure of her feelings toward him.


My only complaints with the book is the physical description seemed lacking. In how characters looked, the layout of the estate, etc. I wanted to understand things better. Like how figts wre determined. A month after Logan is there Mack is in his first fight? How many recruits are there so that you can go so long and not fight? Also. even when reading from Penny's point of view there are major things happening that apparently never cross her mind. I realize the author was trying to keep things a secret for out enjoyment but some of what she knows should have seeped through just a little more I would have though. And yet its a good thing as I said it keeps us in the dark so we can later be surprised.

This book had a bit of the romantic air to it but was not the main theme for the story. This was a very refreshing change. However, throughout all the supernatural plot this book does focus a lot on the human heart and what we feel for others. This I loved. I loved the conflicting emotions each character went through. Very well described and realistic. I almost cried at one point in the book. And had sneaky emotions that kept trying to guide my thoughts as I read. Especially the second half of the book.

Almost every character seems to have some kind of secret. Some are answered in this book, some I must wait on the next book, for which I am highly impatient on. Especially the character Jackson, Gena's brother. Something is definitely up with that guy. Things are not as they seem in this book and there are twists and turns which I love to see unfold. Every character has a story that we get to learn about. And since each character is so well created (excluded physical looks) each backround was great to read.

Normally I would say 4 1/2 stars is the rating but since that is not an option, 5 it is! I highly anticipate the next book in the series and I hope author delved even deeper into her characters.

Thank you to the author,Jade Fowler, for offering the chance to read this book. She offered copies of it as a gift to a group I belong to. So I thank her for the chance to read and review this fantastic story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Victoria Hartman on April 05, 2013 :
I was gifted a free copy of this book through a Read 4 Review program on Goodreads. I liked this story. The plot was interesting and different, a guy named Logan needs a job and he finds a mysterious ad looking for someone to help display a collection in exchange for payment, room and meals. He takes the job which ends up being a job in which he has to fight supernatural beings, which are the collection, including werewolves, leprechauns, vampires, zombies, etc.

I thought the book started out good, but I found myself getting bogged down in all the detail. The Author was very descriptive and detailed, which can be a good thing, but in this case seemed to be a little too much. Logan, the main character, was an o.k. guy, but I never felt very connected to him. He was just missing something for me, he seemed average, but not as strong of a main character as I would have liked. I found myself enjoying the side characters more. I liked Penny and Zane, they were mysterious and intriguing. I also liked AJ and Mack, and even Gena and Jackson sucked me in and made me want to know more about them, I just wished I had that same pull from Logan since he was the one the book was actually written about.

I thought the setting was creative and I liked the blend of creatures and supernatural beings that were included. Pepper was interesting although I was hoping for a little more to her story with Logan, but maybe that is being kept for another installment. I thought the fight scenes were good and helped add some action and excitement to the story.

Overall the writing was pretty good and the editing was o.k. There were a few mistakes and misspelled words, but it was minimal and tolerable. I think the series has potential and I would probably read the second one if given the chance because this one does leave you hanging at the end, which I am not a big fan of, but it was still a good story and I am glad I had the opportunity to read it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: purpinkrose on April 03, 2013 :
As a big fan of supernatural when I started reading this book I was curious as to how this would play out. I honestly didn't think I would enjoy it, my first idea being it would be like gladiator. Yet again this site is proving to me don't judge a book by its cover( on every review this seems to b a theme).

When I started reading this book the first chapters give a bit of a clue into Logan's current life. I remembered thinking he he'd to grow a pair because he seemed a bit lazy and not much oomph. The story gets going when he gets to the estate and meets AJ, Mack, Penny, Gena. There is a steady pace to this story moves at the right pace, if it moved any slower or faster the story would be ruined. it pulls you in so you just have to keep reading just that one more page.

I loved Penny and her character and couldn't wait for her story to unfold, never expected the connection with Pepper and explains her anger towards certain people. I loved Zane and felt sorry for him constantly. I was gutted that Penny's vision about her death was true and glad Zane remembered at the end. Gena at times got on my nerves the way she was towards Zane, like she didn't let penny try to make her own decisions. I liked the way Gena turned out towards the end of the book, but can't help think there's more to her. AJ I'm still not sure of and don't know how I feel about her. I understand her pain of losing Mack. Pepper I think will lose some of her monster issues around Logan, and were will their relationship if any go....
I didn't like Jackson, and wish we know what he was hiding. Who is the other Witch? And Thomas I wish someone would kill him in the arena.

OMG what an ending and a cliff-hanger, I CANT WAIT for the next book. I cant wait to see what happens next.
Thank You Jade for an Awesome book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Maria Komninos on April 03, 2013 :
"Oh no!!! You cannot not do this to me. You cannot finish the book like that. Don't you dare leave me hanging out for book 2. How can you do that to me Jade Fowler?"
These were the words going through my head as I read the last chapter. I was not ready for the book to finish and want more.

I am not into paranormal fantasy books but after reading 'Into the Night' I am converted.

'Into the Night' captured me from the start. It had everything.....mystery, betrayal, romance, twists, sadness and lots of surprises along the way.

I loved all the main characters, they were very likable. Mmmmmmm .... maybe not Gerald or Jackson. Every single character had their own story to tell, and these stories can be written into so many other books to come.

I don't know why but Pepper was my favourite character. And no....it was not because she was a vampire. There was just something about her.

This is a book I will be telling friends to read. So hanging out for the next one in the series. I need to know what happens next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kasey Parrish on April 01, 2013 :
So I was kind of expecting more from this book but in the end it was just okay. There wasn't anything wrong with this book it just didn't connect with me. Logan was nice, Penny was nice, and that was kind of the problem everyone had their roles but there just wasn't anything surprising in the story. As soon as the story got started and Logan got to the house it followed a fairly predictable plot line. What could've been surprising is when Penny died but because for like the last 4 chapters she'd been telling Zane was going to kill her it didn't end up being that surprising at all. Also I kind of figured she'd come back to life the plot was just I liked the book but that's it I just didn't get sucked in like I hoped I would. I don't even have any desire to read the next one which is why this gets 2 stars instead of 3.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Monica Millard on Jan. 09, 2013 :
First off, let me thank Jade Fowler for providing a copy of the ebook for free in exchange for a fair review.

I have mixed feelings about this book. The beginning was a little slow. It didn't hook me in right away, and had I not agreed to review it I might have given up on it. But I'm glad I didn't. It wasn't blast my socks off amazing, but it was a good book. At times it felt long, but for the most part held my attention well.

And though the beginning was slow, it also gave me an appreciation for Logan, the main character's relationship with his family. It made care for them and not want anything to happen to him, if not for himself then for them. I did also grow to care about him and most of the characters.

My favorite characters were Penny the psychic and Zane the werewolf. They weren't the main characters, though Logan did share the spotlight with Penny quite a bit. Their relationship was complex and believable, and as such it was heartbreaking. I really wanted things to work out for them and kept turning the page for them.

Logan was almost just the driver to allow us to move through the story and meet the characters. I didn't connect with him as well as some of the characters, though I did like him. His attraction to, and subsequent feelings for a particular character never quite felt real to me, because there wasn't the interaction to actually allow for more advanced feelings.

The next book will likely change that situation though.

I do have to note that the writing style early on in the book is one that I'm not as fond of. There was too much of the laundry list description of people and surroundings in the beginning, which to me always feels forced and turns me off. Some people need that kind of stuff to see the world their reading. I prefer the less is more way of thinking on the description side.

I would read the next book if given the opportunity to review it for free, and may even consider buying it if the price is right because I want to know what happens to the characters I grew to care about.

I'd actually give this book 3 and a half stars. The plot was interesting, the characters had depth and made you care for them. The story was a good one that kept you invested, even if it was a little long in places.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Monica Millard on Jan. 09, 2013 :
First off, let me thank Jade Fowler for providing a copy of the ebook for free in exchange for a fair review.

I have mixed feelings about this book. The beginning was a little slow. It didn't hook me in right away, and had I not agreed to review it I might have given up on it. But I'm glad I didn't. It wasn't blast my socks off amazing, but it was a good book. At times it felt long, but for the most part held my attention well.

And though the beginning was slow, it also gave me an appreciation for Logan, the main character's relationship with his family. It made care for them and not want anything to happen to him, if not for himself then for them. I did also grow to care about him and most of the characters.

My favorite characters were Penny the psychic and Zane the werewolf. They weren't the main characters, though Logan did share the spotlight with Penny quite a bit. Their relationship was complex and believable, and as such it was heartbreaking. I really wanted things to work out for them and kept turning the page for them.

Logan was almost just the driver to allow us to move through the story and meet the characters. I didn't connect with him as well as some of the characters, though I did like him. His attraction to, and subsequent feelings for a particular character never quite felt real to me, because there wasn't the interaction to actually allow for more advanced feelings.

The next book will likely change that situation though.

I do have to note that the writing style early on in the book is one that I'm not as fond of. There was too much of the laundry list description of people and surroundings in the beginning, which to me always feels forced and turns me off. Some people need that kind of stuff to see the world their reading. I prefer the less is more way of thinking on the description side.

I would read the next book if given the opportunity to review it for free, and may even consider buying it if the price is right because I want to know what happens to the characters I grew to care about.

I'd actually give this book 3 and a half stars. The plot was interesting, the characters had depth and made you care for them. The story was a good one that kept you invested, even if it was a little long in places.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ana batista on Dec. 26, 2012 : (no rating)
3,4

The book was given to me in exchange for an honest review, so here we go…
First of all, I really wished I could give a better rate to this one, because I truly liked it. The main concept was innovative and interesting, and the basic gapes were successfully filled, like how Thomas got so rich, Penny’s adoption, Pepper’s story, Logan’s past, among other things.
So, basically, a house that hosts battles between supernatural creatures and “soldiers/recruits” to the entertainment of rich people, totally rules.
Oh, and I totally loved all the new definitions and characteristics of the supernatural. Especially the Leprechauns. Cannibalistic fairies? Not exactly what I was expecting at the end of the rainbow, but sounds good to me!
Let’s talk about Penny and Zane. I’m a hopeless romantic, so I was begging for Penny to finally open her heart to Zane since he was introduced in the story, even if he still looked like a stalker, freakish and monstrous creature. Besides that, I’m a Beauty and the Beast fan, so the part when Zane leads her to the surprise-picnic and tells her to “Close your eyes”, I was reliving the scene when the Beast shows Belle the library. Loved it! I was hoping (and anxiously expecting during all book) for a lot more scenes between this two…
Now…there were some aspects that lead me to rate this book the way I did. Logan, I think we can consider him the “main character”, was a nice boy. Basically that was it. I expected some flaws and irritations from the character but he looked too passive for my taste, but that’s maybe because I’m all into brave and courageous protagonists that takes lots of risks and don’t care what people think, so maybe this is a personal issue. Others that didn’t seem to me like strong characters were Pepper or even AJ (Miss Jade I was not pleased with Mack’s death, just so you know, but making people suffer a little with your books is actually good ;)). In the other hand, I was really intrigued with the Twins. Gena and Jackson. They seemed like the most complex of the bunch, and I was looking forward to understand Jackson’s mind a little more (even though he gives me the creeps) but I waited, waited, and then the book ended. (sad face) I was also pleasantly surprised by Gena’s character, I didn’t expected her to be so open minded (maybe because she’s a witch) about all her father’s lack of humanity and all the other stuff.
But, after all, what really bothered me was the end. First off, Penny’s death was ridiculous. And revolting. Second, in the last page “She was alive.”? I hate when authors do this. Is like, “Now you have to buy the second book to know what happens… doesn't matter that I totally ripped your heart out moments ago, because now I’m giving you a little hope again, you just have to be patient and wait a little more till the next one”. Just don’t. I hate, hate this kind of stuff. Is like their joking with me, my feelings, and pushing me to read the next one. It just seems forced. I like to read series because I was pleased with the first book and I hope the second will be as great as the first, not because the first one is incomplete and the end didn't make sense and I feel obligated to read the one that follows. (*Deep breath* I’m sorry for the emotional breakdown. I just needed to say that. Next.)
This said…now Penny is what? A Zombie? A vampire as Pepper? Maybe a werewolf? Human surely she’s not since she died with open eyes…right? Well, either way, her relationship with Zane from now on shall be interesting!
Now this was some of my plots during the book that ended up being totally wrong: a) I thought Jackson was the “other witch”, I still think he has some kind of power in him though…; b) I was convinced that Penny only saw her death by Zane because Gena had cast a spell to make her see that “future”, so she would keep her distance from the werewolf (I know, I’m such a drama queen); c) For much stupid this must sound, I thought Logan’s granny was some kind of witch. Go on. Laugh.

Last, I just wanted to thank you for the opportunity Jade, and I hope you understand that I’m a little too emotional with my reviews, and the things I pointed has nothing to do with not liking your story. In fact, I’m reading the next one because Zane’s totally got my heart. ;) cheers!

SOME QUOTES THAT CAUGHT MY EYE:

•“The Longer Logan spent in AJ and Mack’s company, the more obvious it become that the two of them weren’t just friends. They weren’t flamboyant in their relationship, but there was definitely something between them. It was in the tiny things that passed between one another. The eye contact. Finishing each other stories, the different smiles.” – “the best kind” of love.
•“The guard carried Penny from the room as Zane fell to his knees howling, not with pain, but because he couldn’t stay with Penny.”
•(Pepper) “Is probably not the smartest thing to do, blushing in front of a vampire.”
•“His heart was breaking, but even as Logan felt the cracks begin to form, he knew he couldn't let it. Not yet, not now. He couldn’t fall apart. He needed to be strong. He needed to keep it together for him and the others.”
•(Zane) “He was strong enough to keep his distance, not strong enough to let her go.”
•(Penny) “I’ve always had a weakness for puppies”
•(Zane) “I had never gotten to tell you how I loved you and now I was a monster.”
•(Logan) “Do you love him?”/(Penny)”I don’t know. There’s no possible way I can love him, but i…I feel something and it keeps growing. I don’t understand why or how, but it’s there and it won’t go away.”
•“Logan wished he could do something, but all he could think of was trying to offer AJ comfort in stupid ways like holding her hand or rubbing her back”
•(Logan, to Pepper) “You don’t get over it./It stays with you, but how you deal with it decides how it affects you and the rest of your life.”
•“She did it for him and he really appreciated it. For a moment Logan wished he could like Gena the way he liked Pepper. It would be easier, but apparently he enjoyed tormenting himself.”
•Penny, Paul and Pepper
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sarah on Aug. 05, 2012 :
AMAZING.
I could not put this book down! I read the whole book in 5 hours desperate to find out what happened to all the characters.
I cannot wait to read the sequel. Fantastically written and exciting til the end.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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